A Cheerful Heart

We’ve made it to the last month of 2014.  I’m glad and sad to have reached this point.  For the first time in a long time I’m not quite sure I’m ready to let this year go, so there will be lots of celebrating this month of the year that has passed and for the year that is coming up.  With that in mind, and with the Christmas holiday ahead, we’ll be talking about joy this month.  Joy for life, love, each other, the gift of the first Christmas, new things, old things, new friends, old friends, family we still have around us and those who have passed on.  We’ll celebrate the gifts we have and the opportunities that God will bless us with in the future.  Let’s talk about joy.

Joy and happiness are foreign to far too many of us in this day and age. With the internet it makes it easier to spread the good, as well as the bad.  We may not choose to spread the bad but it’s there for the whole world to see.  There’s something about the dark side of life that makes us take notice, probably because it feels so much stronger than the light and peaceful feelings of joy, happiness and peace.  But as I shared last month, the bad can have a big impact on our health, which means the reverse must be true, that the good can have a positive impact on our health as well.  Even being around someone who is miserable can have a bad impact on your health and mental well-being, just like second-hand smoke is dangerous too.

As people of faith we have an opportunity to be joyful and spread good throughout the world.  Yes, it’s important to stop the bad, but if nothing replaces the bad it can come back.  So rather than focus on the bad and possibly get sucked into it, I’d much rather work on spreading the good and ensuring that people around the world have hope and are empowered to create a better, happier tomorrow.

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.” Proverbs 15:30

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